More New Music to Hear Now

WRITTEN BY
Jon Dolan

The Fever
Red Bedroom
(Kemado)

They've got the fake names (Pony, Achilles), the au courantinfluences (New Order, XTC, '70s Stones), and even a jokey hipstercover (Sheila E's "Glamorous Life"). But the Fever are having so muchfun being a cliché, only the truly jaded could deny that thesugar-shocked exuberance of their full-length debut is a total blast.

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter
Oh, My Girl
(Barsuk)

A sultry-voiced country diva from Seattle and a member ofRyan Adams' former band Whiskeytown craft an album of gorgeouslyslow-burning noir ballads. Sykes mourns the ghosts of lost love whilePhil Wandscher's gray-day guitar sounds like it hasn't slept since thelast episode of Twin Peaks.

Hangar 18
The Multi-Platinum Debut Album
(Definitive Jux)

One MC in this New York crew claims to test his rhymes on hisfirst-grade pupils--they must be some confused, crunked-up littletykes. Syllable-slingers Windnbreeze and Alaska emo-rap themselvessilly over refreshingly club-ready undieground jams. Not exactly "hotlike Suzanne Somers in the Sudan summer," but close.

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